Instructors

Mike Adams Mike Adams, M.S., is the Director of Talent Acquisition for the Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan (CHCWM). At CHCWM, Mike is tasked with the recruitment, selection, and on-boarding of a wide variety of positions at a multi-site health care organization. Previously, Mike was a Human Resources Administrator for Michigan State University (MSU) where he advised a department of over 300 full-time professionals and over 1,000 students on matters related to Human Resources. Prior to his time at MSU, Mike worked as a recruiter for a staffing firm specializing in technology candidates and placements. He holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Mike specializes in data-driven decision making and using hiring analytics to make optimal hiring decisions.

John P. Beck John P. Beck, M.A., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management Initiatives. He also co-directs a project (with Karen Klomparens, the Dean of the MSU Graduate School), "Building Mutual Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education," on the use of interest-based conflict resolution approaches for graduate students and their faculty mentors. John holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He worked for five years on the staff of the University of Michigan Labor Studies Center. He has taught labor studies on the community college level in both Oklahoma and Michigan and has taught history and education courses at the university level.

Mary A. Bedikian Mary A. Bedikian, JD, is the former District Vice President, Detroit Region, of the American Arbitration Association, an organization for which she worked for 28 years. Her extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) spans many sectors and includes training mediators and arbitrators in both the process and substance of ADR. Ms. Bedikian is an instructor for Administering the Labor Contract, Managing Grievances, and Preparing for Arbitration.

Jan Bernick Jan Bernick, PhD, FNP-BC, has been practicing Occupational Health Nursing since 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree and Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Detroit Mercy, her Master of Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) and Doctorate of Philosophy of Nursing from the University of Michigan. She and her husband, John J. Bernick, MD, share a medical practice in Dearborn, Michigan. Together, they enjoy travel, good food, warm company and a beautiful family.

John J. Bernick John J. Bernick, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Michigan Occupational Health Associates, a clinical occupational medicine practice, and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. He received his BS and MS in microbiology at Wayne State University. Prior to receiving his MD from Wayne State University, he attended the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bernick is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Rich Block Rich Block, PhD, is a full-time labor arbitrator and Professor and Director Emeritus in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He has heard and decided hundreds of cases in the public and private sectors, both as a grievance and interest arbitrator. He currently serves on several permanent panels. As a faculty member at Michigan State University, he has done research on a range of issues in labor and employment. His work has appeared in book form, in all major journals in the employment field, and several law reviews.

Julie L. Brockman Julie L. Brockman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Julie is also a Fulbright Scholar who traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2013 to teach and conduct research on workplace conflict in non-public enterprises. Julie has conducted workshops at local, national and international levels for union organizations and their joint partners. She assists unionized organizations, both within the private and public sectors, in developing and implementing joint union/management initiatives.

Robert Chiaravalli Robert Chiaravalli, Esq., is recognized for his expertise in the design and execution of strategies in labor and employment relations, compensation and benefits, international HR, alternative dispute resolution and specialized executive searches that improves profitability and work place effectiveness through people. As the founder and operator of Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC he brings nearly thirty years of experience to union and non-union shops. Prior to founding his consulting and law practice Mr. Chiaravalli’ s unique background included working for big labor (the UAW, Solidarity House-Research Department), big government (NLRB) and big business (CHRO & Chief Labor/Employment Counsel). Mr. Chiaravalli received a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. In addition, he completed the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School during his legal studies, the SCAO approved 40-hour training for mediators through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), and continuing education for MERC arbitrators, mediators and fact finders.

James H. Dulebohn James H. Dulebohn,PhD, is a Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include leadership, decision-making, change management, rewards, and human resource systems. His articles have appeared in journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review and others. In addition he has worked with variety of organizations to assist them in their human resource practices, including Avaya, Dow Chemical, Marriott, Medtronic, MSUFCU, Monsanto, Raytheon, Samsung, TIAA-CREF, State of Illinois, and State of Texas.

Greg Freehling Greg Freehling, MLIR, has been in the labor relations field for more than 27 years with Arconic/Alcoa, Inc. He has a wealth of experience in contract administration, preparation and spokesperson for contract negotiations, grievance investigations/hearings, and arbitration advocacy. Past experiences include roles as Human Resource Manager responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Angela Hall Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Stacy Hickox Stacy Hickox, JD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU's law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law. Stacy has written a book on the Americans with Disabilities Act and several law review articles on various aspects of employment law. Her current research focuses on the employment of ex-offenders, including potential claims for adverse impact and negligent hiring liability.

Michelle Kaminski Michelle Kaminski, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. She works primarily in the area of labor education, teaching workshops for union members and leaders on a wide range of topics including labor law, stewards training, collective bargaining, union leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills, FMLA, and basic economics.

Kristine Moore Kristine Moore, JD, is Assistant General Counsel at Michigan State University, where she practices primarily in the areas of Clery and Violence Against Women Act compliance, disability law, Fair Labor Standards Act and other employment law issues. Kristine is a frequent speaker in the area of employment law. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel in 2014, Kristine served as Assistant Director for Institutional Equity in MSU’s Office for Inclusion. Prior to that, Kristine was a partner at the Dickinson Wright law firm in Lansing, MI, where she practiced labor and employment law.

Michael G. Nowakowski Michael G. Nowakowski, JD, is an attorney, a mediator, an arbitrator, and educator. He has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes in collective bargaining, contract administration, employment discrimination, real estate, and auto lemon law cases. Mike was a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) for over four decades. At FMCS, and at several universities and law schools, Mike has taught and trained individuals in labor-management relations, negotiation, labor & employment law, and dispute resolution. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America – Mediation and Arbitration".

Steven J. Pollok Steven J. Pollok, JD, is president and senior partner of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, P.C. of Lansing, Michigan. He has specialized in practicing workers' compensation law for almost 30 years as a claimant's attorney. He has also taught workers' compensation law as an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School since 1992. Steve has lectured frequently on numerous topics involving workers' compensation issues to unions, management representatives, and attorneys. Steve has a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and also a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1977. Mr. Pollok is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Tina Riley Tina Riley, PhD, is Director of Human Resources Executive Education in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. She has served as director of the School's Human Resources Education and Training Center and as Associate Director for Outreach. Dr. Riley has given presentations nationwide on the topics of strategic recruiting, training and development, supervisory skills, and employment law. She is also a CAPT-qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has worked with many groups in developing value from differences within the workplace. She is a results-based educator and executive coach who has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals achieve ever greater success. Dr. Riley leads several programs including Certified Human Resources Specialist, Violence in the Workplace, and Leading Change.

Kneisha Sanders Kneisha Sanders, ACC, is lead executive coach and founder of Resolution Coaching LLC. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University (MSU) and a M.S. in Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She also received accreditation from the International Coach Federation (ICF) at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level. Kneisha has experience in facilitating coach training programs, working with international clients, and coaching both leadership programs and executives across multiple functions at fortune 500 companies. She partners with clients to overcome roadblocks and failures, and provide support and practical insights to help clients effectively address personal challenges. Her coaching style is light spirited, however, her approach is direct and solution-focused.

Michael Sanders Michael Sanders, JD, serves as President at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., and devotes his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Sanders teaches Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional, Follow-Up Program for Certified Workers' Compensation Professionals, and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.

Jim Walsh Jim Walsh, was most recently Vice President Claims at Auto-Owners Insurance. He has spent 44 years in the property casualty insurance business, all related to claim handling in some way. As a field investigator, he managed the Company's position on claims ranging from house fires, to fatal accidents, and eventually worked in management. Jim supervised and trained both those who investigated the claims and those who managed and trained them. Having reached his retirement he looks for ways to continue his efforts to encourage people developing in their roles.

Eileen Wilson Eileen M. Wilson, PhD is a faculty member at Michigan State University and has provided stewardship for MSU for 33 years including serving as special assistant in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees for two years, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the Broad College of Business and on numerous university committees. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations, and a PhD in College and University Administration. Dr. Wilson has over 30 years of HR/LR experience, taught labor management relations at MSU for over 15 years and teaches a study abroad program in St. Andrews Scotland each year.

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